Chunks of lean lamb are gently simmered with dates in a richly spiced gravy, then piled atop couscous and pistachio nuts, and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. Serve this exotic dish for a special family meal or a make-ahead dish for entertaining, accompanied by some Arabic flat bread and a simple leafy green salad.
If you want to get ahead, you can cook this dish up to the end of step 3 the day before, then let it cool and keep it in a covered bowl in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, reheat the lamb while the couscous is soaking in step 4, making sure it is piping hot and bubbling. * For a more peppery flavour, instead of coriander toss chopped rocket or watercress with the couscous.
Pomegranate seeds make a very pretty garnish for sweet or savoury dishes, and they are deliciously sweet and tart all at once. In addition they contribute vitamin C and fibre, so all the more reason for using them often.
B1, B6, B12, E, niacin, iron * B2, C, zinc * A, folate
This recipe was delicious. I made this in Slow cooker and purchased leg of lamb and cut off the meat I needed. Added extra chillis and also a pinch of ground cardamon. Cooked on low for 7 hrs and presented it as per recipe on serving dish with the pomegranite seeds sprinkled over. Also did some steamed pumpkin, green beans and sugar snap peas. Will definitely be making this again. We had gone to a restaurant and had this meal and I googled it and found this recipe. Husband said it was better then the restaurant one! - 13 Apr 2010
Absolutely delicious. I only used half the chilli and ommitted the paprika so the whole family could enjoy (including children aged 2 and 4). They loved it! The sauce has a real warmth and depth of flavour - so easy to make. - 03 Jan 2012
This was resplendent! I forgot to buy dates cos my memory is dreadful so I had to use some raisins instead... which were OK actually, and the spices mixed with the lamb flavours were a dream. Definitely give this a go if you're looking for something different than the norm. Can be a little spicy with both paprika and chillis though, so I would advise going easy on the paprika if you're not a fan of spicy food! - 07 Sep 2015